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"Snow.Noise - Carsten Nicolai"
2001-06-30 until 2001-08-05
Art Gallery of New South Wales
On his return from exhibiting at
the 2001 Venice Biennale, Berlin
artist and musician Carsten
Nicolai (aka Noto) is creating his
first Australian solo exhibition,
snow.noise. This ambitious installation will turn the Contemporary Projects Space
into a laboratory in which visitors can manufacture snow crystals. Nicolai shares
Winterson’s passion for the snowflake’s infinitely variable structure, which he
considers to be a metaphor for human creativity.
Transformed into a harshly sterile environment, the exhibition space will contain
racks of glass and copper tubes and all the materials needed to make snowflakes.
The walls will be lined with Nicolai’s paintings of the types of snow crystals that form
at different temperatures, derived from Japanese physicist Nakaya’s 1930s
experiments in creating artificial snow. The accompanying electronic sound track
suggests the inaudible sounds of crystals developing.
The opening night of snow.noise will also feature a 40-minute ambient music
performance by Nicolai.
Nicolai’s work was exhibited at both Documenta X and The Liverpool Biennial. He is
well known in Germany as a visual and installation artist, and for his recordings for
Rastermusic and Noton, labels that “tread the line between conceptual art and
techno”. Philip Sherburne, Urban Sounds.
www.snownoise.com is an interactive shockwave website project art-directed by
Carsten and designed by Animal Logic. It features the artist’s designs, interactive
segments, animation, and sound, and is on-line from 15 June.
Kerne 1998 (detail)
water in glass vessels, sound, table, rubber
Galerie fur Zeitgenossiche, Kunst, Leipzig